Hydrangea Arrangements: How to Make Them Quick and Easy

Let me show you how to make a Hydrangea arrangement in less than 10 minutes.

I walked into the backyard yesterday, and my hydrangea exploded with blooms.

My hydrangea is in the very backyard behind our back house, and I tend to forget about it.

I could not get my clippers out fast enough.

Can you believe all of the blooms I clipped? I could barely hold them.

A woman holding a very large bunch of blue hydrangeas

Floral arrangements are a beautiful way to add a touch of elegance to any space. Whether you’re looking for a perfect design for your office space or a perfect accent for your coffee table, hydrangeas are a great choice.

Hydrangeas have a timeless look that can be dressed up or down to fit any occasion.

White hydrangeas are a classic choice for Hydrangea arrangements, as white is a good neutral color and goes with everything. However, I have a blue hydrangea bush bursting with blooms, and I chose to dress up the dining room for the summer. 

Yes, You heard me correctly. I will leave these blooms here most of the summer. (I will get back to this later in the post).

Hydrangeas floral arrangement - blue hydrangeas in chinossier pots on the dining room table filled with blue hydrangieas

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Supplies needed to make a Hydrangea Arrangement

  • Several fresh Hydrangea stems. You can choose white, blue, or pink Hydrangea.
  • A vase or container
  • Sharp scissors or a floral knife
  • Water
  • Optional: Other flowers or greenery. Here are a few suggestions for adding other flowers to your arrangements, such as fern, Blue Delphinium, Pink Asiatic Lilies, bicolored Snapdragons, white Roses, Lily Grass, or Bells of Ireland.
  • You can also use faux Hydrangeas to create the same kind of arrangement. Just don’t add the water to your vase 🙂

Directions to Make a Quick Hydrangea Flower Arrangement

Step 1: Prepare the Hydrangea Stems

The first step is to prepare the stems. Start by removing any leaves that will be below the waterline in the vase. Then, cut the stem at a 45-degree angle with a sharp pair of scissors or a floral knife. This will help the stems absorb more water and will prevent them from wilting as quickly.

I then dip the ends of my stems into Quick Dip, as this helps to open the veins of the flowers to allow them to absorb more water and stay fresh longer.

Hydrangea floral arrangements- stems of hydrangeas with  no leaves
Hydrangea floral arrangements- cut stems on an angle

Step 2: Choose a Vase or Container

The next step is to choose a vase or container for your Hydrangea arrangement. 

The vase’s size and shape will affect the arrangement’s overall look. For a simple arrangement, you can use a  clear vase. You can use an opaque vase or container for a more elaborate arrangement. Fill your vase with a few inches of water.

If the mouth of your container or vase is large, you can create a grid across the top using floral tape or bend a small piece of chicken wire to fit the top of your container.

Since Hydrangea heads are so large, I do not find that I need to do this to keep them in place.

Hydrangea Floral Arrangements- blue and white large vase
Hydrangea floral arrangements- blue and white large vase

Step 3: Add the Stems to your Hydrangea Arrangements

Once you have chosen a vase, add each cut stem to the vase. Start by placing the shorter stems around the edge of the vase. Then add the tallest stems in the center of the vase.

  Hydrangea floral arrangements- blue and white large vase with blue hydrangea in it
Hydrangea floral arranging in a blue and white vase with three stems of blue flowers

Step 4: Add Other Flowers and Greenery

(Optional) If you want to add other flowers or greenery to your arrangement, you can do so at this step. Just be sure to choose flowers and greenery that will complement the Hydrangeas.

I have listed several above in the supplies list. 

Since I was going for a cohesive look, I kept most of my vases with Hydrangeas. I added a few fern fronds to the largest arrangement to add interest.

Green fern fronds laying on the counter
table with several arrangements of blue hydrangeas on the table
table with several arrangements of blue hydrangeas on the table

Step 5: Enjoy Your Beautiful Hydrangea Arrangement

Once your arrangement is complete, you can enjoy it for days or weeks, as I said earlier. 

This is one of the best parts! 

Let me tell you my secret. 

I only add a few inches of water to the vase. I then leave the stems in the vase and let the water dissipate. Then the blooms will start to dry naturally. 

These blooms will keep most of their color, and you can make a gorgeous wreath for the fall season. For this wreath, I dried three different colors of Hydrangeas, white, green, and blue. I love the mix of the three colors; it makes a great statement on the door of my She-shed.

21 ways to decorate with hydrangeas- dried hydrangea wreath on she shed door

Caring for fresh-cut Hydrangea Blooms

Suppose you are not interested in drying your Hydrangeas. Here are some tips to help you keep them fresh for as long as possible.

All the best flower tips

Caring for fresh-cut Hydrangea Blooms

  • Mist the petals once per day with a spray bottle. This will help to keep the petals from wilting.
  • Replace the water in the vase or containers regularly. This will help to keep the flowers fresh and will also help to prevent the growth of bacteria.
  • If the blooms start to wilt, dunk the whole flower head in warm water for a few minutes or dip the stems in boiling water or alum before putting them back in fresh water. This will help to revive the flowers.
  • Add a splash of vinegar to your water to make them last longer.

Hydrangea Arrangements; Adding Other Flowers

Here are a few other arrangements I made using additional flowers besides Hydrangeas. I hope this will give you some ideas about what you can do with these marvelous flowers.

flower arrangement with hydrangeas of blue, pink and white in the living room
Flower arrangement with white hydrangea and pink lilies in a clear round vase
Flower arrangement with green hydrangeas in a wooden vase
bright color flower bouquet sitting on a chair

Here are some Additional Tips for Making Quick and Easy Hydrangea Arrangements:

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Additional Flower Arranging Tips

  • Use Hydrangea flowers of different colors to create a more vibrant arrangement for a special occasion.
  • Add some greenery to your arrangement to fill in gaps and add visual interest.
  • Use a vase or container the same color as the hydrangeas to create a more cohesive look. I used the blue and white Chinoiserie vases to create this cohesive look.
  • Experiment with different arrangements until you find one that you like.
basket full of blue and yellow flowers with lemons
Hydrangea floral arrangement in pink and green

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy way to make Hydrangea arrangements. If you decide to make one, please share an image with me: I love to see what you create. [email protected]. and If you would like to learn more about growing Hydrangeas, check out my post HERE or this fabulous post from The Spruce.

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  1. Now I need to plant a blue hydrangea somewhere in my yard. The flowers looked gorgeous in the blue and white ginger jars. Loved them!

    1. Yes, you do. I have a shade sale over mine to help protect it from the scorching sun.

  2. Gosh those bright blue flowers are just gorgeous, Wendy!!
    I LOVE how you displayed them with ferns in the chinoserie vessels. What a stunning display for the Summer! Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel. The bush keeps producing this year. It is crazy.

    1. Thank you for the feature Julie. Have a great rest of the week.

  3. Love these tips and tricks for arranging hydrangeas, Wendy. I’m happy to be featuring your post at Tuesday Turn About this week. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie. I appreciate you hosting the link party.

  4. Blue hydrangeas are my favorite! And yours look stunning in your blue and white vases! Beautiful arrangements!

  5. Your hydrangeas are beautiful Wendy! I even love them when they dry out and turn a parchment color. My mother has two large (up to her roof) hydrangeas, I can never seem to get mine to bloom or grow as large as hers though. Love your displays!

    1. Thank you, Cara. I, too, love when they dry the parchment color. If I were you, I would head to
      your mom’s with a pair of clippers in your hands. I never leave home without them.
      My daughter has some great bushes, too, and I love to clip hers as the colors are so unusual.

      1. For some reason, hers is just now getting buds on it, a little late is what I was thinking. When they flower, I plan to go over and steal a few! She has so many and I love adding them to our home all over the place. Now I am thinking I will stock a pair of clippers in the car so I can take a few when I visit her. Full of tips I tell you Wendy!

  6. So gorgeous! I love your arrangements. Thanks for the inspiration, my friend.

    1. Thank you, Renae! I was shocked at how many blooms were on the bush.

    1. Thank you, Crystal. I could not believe how many blooms were on the bush.

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